Upcoming activities

Unpacking Regional Localisation Opportunities

30 March 2020

Over the past quarter, the DAC has undertaken a comprehensive assessment of the import basket of KZN-based Tier 1s and has been able to map out challenges and opportunities to import replacement in the region.

DAC Graduate Development Programme

21 April 2020

The Durban Automotive Cluster Graduate Development Programme (GDP) aims to equip new entrants with the skills for success in the automotive industry and to bridge the gap between tertiary education and the demanding work environment of the automotive manufacturing sector.

TRACE: Team Leader Training

March – May 2020

Process efficiency, labour productivity and competitiveness improvement are some of the benefits of developing a Lean manufacturing culture. Team leaders and supervisors play a critical role in applying these principles and deepening the values of continuous improvement.

DAC Manufacturing Excellence Programme 2020


The Durban Automotive Cluster’s Manufacturing Excellence Programme is a strategic initiative aimed to fast track competitiveness and assist firms in implementing Lean, world-class manufacturing systems and processes.

DAC 2020 Programme Highlights


The DAC facilitates regular activities to support the mutual competitiveness of the KZN automotive manufacturing sector.

DAC Quality Management Mentorship Initiative

The costs associated with poor quality contribute significantly to a firm’s waste costs and inhibit greater competitiveness and localisation. In line with the DAC strategy to advance the competitiveness of supplier operations to assist firms with quality management and competitiveness improvement, the cluster is making an application to Senior Experten Service (SES), Germany’s leading volunteering organisation for retired experts, to strengthen process discipline around quality management and to support firms with the attainment of quality certifications.

DAC Strategy Development: Aligning our Programmes to SAAM

The Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) is mandated to drive the competitiveness and growth of the local automotive industry. To ensure its programmes remain relevant and highly impactful, the DAC is undertaking a business plan and strategy review. This will be completed through reflection on delivery to date, consultation with members and key stakeholders and alignment with national policy (SAAM) and OEM strategy (NAAMSA 5 Year Plan).

Graduate Development Programme 2019

The DAC’s Graduate Development Programme equips graduates with the necessary skills to tackle the demands of the automotive component manufacturing workplace. Over the last few years this training programme has proved successful at enabling participants’ growth and development.